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PhD Graduate school

Doing a PhD at the 4TU.Ethics

PhD members of 4TU.Ethics are typically employed by one of the four member universities, the Technical University of Eindhoven, Wageningen University, the University of Twente and the Technical University of Delft. There are however also possibilities to do a PhD without being employed by one of these four universities, as an external student of these four universities or as a student from another university (e.g. Utrecht University, which is part of the ESDIT project).

PhD members follow the 4TU.Ethics graduate school program, which consist of 25 ETCS so that it can be combined to obligations of the graduate schools of the various Universities.

PhD students quickly build up a network within the center, which enhances career prospects. 4TU Ethics also has a warm and collegial PhD community. PhD students are represented in the center by representatives from its PhD Council. The Council organizes various social as well as more substantive events, including two Writing Retreats a year where PhD students can write and get coaching on their writing from senior scholars.

If you're interested in applying for a PhD vacancy at one of the member Universities, then check our news page for vacancies.


How do I become a 4TU.Ethics PhD Member?

Ph.D. students who are working in one of the four philosophy departments of the four Dutch technical universities are in principle members of 4TU.Ethics. However, to become an actual member some further steps need to be taken. 

Once the 4TU.Ethics coordination team is made aware of you having accepted a PhD position at one of the four philosophy departments, they send you a welcoming e-mail with a package of further information. You can always e-mail the coordinator yourself at to start this process. 

Most importantly, the information package explains that you need to devise a 4TU.Ethics Education Plan that you send back to the coordinator, who then sends it to the scientific director for final approval. As soon as this has been approved, you are officially a member. 

More information about the courses that you can choose from to devise your Education Plan can be found here.